Dom Joly

Dom Joly has been a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and The Independent since 2001. Joly shot to fame in 2000 with his anarchic Channel 4 hidden-camera comedy programme Trigger Happy TV. He has since made television series for BBC, Five, and Sky One including, This Is Dom Joly and Dom Joly’s Happy Hour. His current TV show, Fool Britannia, is on ITV1 on Saturday nights. His spoof autobiography, Look At Me, Look At Me was published in 2004, in 2007 he brought out Letters to my Golf Club, featuring his correspondences with golf clubs around the world. In 2009 he wrote his first travel book, The Dark Tourist, in which he holidayed in some of the world’s most unlikely destinations such as Chernobyl and North Korea. His second travel book- Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, published in 2012, saw him cross the globe hunting monsters like the Yeti and Bigfoot. He is currently writing his new travel book.

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Handy tips: Dom Joly (left) in a promotional image for Trigger Happy TV

How not to make the big time: Dom Joly shares 39 lessons from his showbiz career

Avoid Gillian McKeith, don't drink and tweet, and keep your hands off Slash's whiskey...

A peek inside the mind of the artist at work

There is nothing like writing a memoir to make you long to go back in time

Nigel Farage decided to stand down after he was unable to win in Thanet South

I returned to Britain to find parties without leaders and unseated MPs pondering their futures

Miliband, Clegg and Farage have gone, and, by losing his seat, Ed Balls has caused a huge problem for the organising committee of Ed Balls Day

Up and away: hot air balloons in Warstein, Germany

Hot air balloons: Try to avoid screaming like a baby as you soar up to 3,000ft

I arrived in Italy in the rather peculiar situation of being the owner of a hot-air balloon but never having been in one

Beach research – I do it so you don't have to

The sybaritic scene on Ipanema stretched all the way to the horizon like some infinity party

Life's a beach, then you jump off a racing boat

I dimly remember an almighty explosion and being thrown about four feet on to the bed

On our road trip around the Iberian peninsula I took in my first football match – and it was beautiful

I expected gangs of thugs hurling plastic furniture. I couldn't have been more wrong

In Granada, we saw the march of the pointy-hatted sinners

It was incredibly rousing, as though Spain had declared war on Ukip and was setting off on some new Armada

My genius new format for a revamped Top Gear

It crossed my mind that there might be a vacancy on a huge show that looks a lot of fun to make

My holiday plan: mucho ham and no museums

Of course I'm not going to mention this part of our trip to the Iberian peninsula to Wilbur the pig

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